Nadia Wilson, Clarinet

Nadia was born in Lancashire and started playing the clarinet and piano at the age of eight. By 15, she had gained her diploma on clarinet and was determined to follow a career in music. She went on to read music at the University of Birmingham specialising in performance on Clarinet, before moving down to London to study for a postgraduate diploma in performance on clarinet at Trinity College of Music with Michael Whight (Principal Clarinet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) from 2003-2005.

Since completing her performance studies in 2005, Nadia has pursued an active career as a musician and teacher. Her orchestral playing includes several of the top UK orchestras, including the Hallé Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra amongst others. Nadia loves chamber music and is a busy chamber musician. As well as working regularly with pianist and composer Martin Butler with whom she will shortly be releasing a CD of 20th century British Clarinet repertoire, she is the founder member of  the ‘London Myriad Ensemble.’

Nadia doubles on saxophone and flute and also enjoys show work, which has recently included depping on the successful west end shows ‘American in Paris and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ the clarinet / bass clarinet chair in the Sheffield Theatres 2013 production of ‘Oliver’ at ‘The Crucible’ Theatre, deputising on the UK tour of ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ (clarinet/bass clarinet/tenor sax) and deputising on the successful west end show, ‘Wicked.’ (Bb, Eb and bass clarinet). She is also the tenor saxophone player in the Croydon based Northern Soul band ‘Trambeat.’

Nadia is very passionate about teaching and when she is not performing, she works as a woodwind, teacher in schools and music centres around London. She is a clarinet tutor and assistant conductor for the Camden Youth Concert Band, and outreach work has included working as a tutor for the Kenya National Youth Orchestra. Nadia is currently project co-ordinator for the ‘Music for Life’ project, supported by the Concordia foundation, working to support music education in Nairobi, specifically supporting music tuition at St. John’s School in the Korogocho slum and supporting Kenyan students and teachers through the sourcing of instruments and skype lessons. Nadia is the pioneer of the ‘South East Clarinet Day,’ – a day course for enthusiastic student and amateur clarinettists . Nadia also has experience of providing music to babies and toddlers as a ‘monkey music’ teacher between 2011 and 2013.

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